Motorsport magazine v cyclists

by tomisitt   May 6, 2014  

Genuinely shocking drivel from someone who should know better:

http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/road-cars/opinions/the-problem-with-cy...

Can't believe they would put this kind a garbage on their site

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Motorsport used to be the pinnacle of motor sports reporting, now it's just a yuppie version of Top Gear.

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [586 posts]
6th May 2014 - 16:54

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Continuing with the top gear theme...

Best case scenario - Matey-jim wrote the article just to make a name for himself with a kind of "jeremy clarkson says offensive stuff and look how rich he is" mindset and he doesn't actually believe what he's written. Also, contrary to what he would have you believe, matey-jim is actually a very safe driver.

Worst case scenario - he was writing from the heart. In this case I would say he must be missing some DNA that most of us take for granted.

Fingers crossed everyone!

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posted by rainman onwheels [11 posts]
7th May 2014 - 15:28

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Lots of the comments under the drivel passed off as journalism do stick two fingers up to him so maybe the readership have more brains than he gives them credit for.

posted by BigAl68 [31 posts]
7th May 2014 - 16:07

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Is it just me or has the page since been deleted?

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posted by netclectic [116 posts]
7th May 2014 - 16:25

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Usual trolling, but I am at least heartened to see a majority of decent comments, including at least a couple of Road.cc staff...

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2953 posts]
7th May 2014 - 16:29

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netclectic wrote:
Is it just me or has the page since been deleted?

yeah, they pulled it, looks like. nothing like the courage of your convictions, eh.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7256 posts]
7th May 2014 - 16:34

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Hmm, I wonder whether they've pulled it because the author has been made, via the comments, to look like a selfish prat whose right foot is writing cheques that his skills can't cash, or because they just don't want the negative PR from all the fuss.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2953 posts]
7th May 2014 - 22:16

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I reckon the negative PR. They originally pulled the pic that misrepresented why a cyclist was in the middle of the road. Though judging by the comments the journo was taking a savaging for his masterpiece.

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posted by giff77 [1040 posts]
8th May 2014 - 1:31

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His name is Andrew Frankel, I used to quite enjoy reading his car stuff, but not now. Bet he has a twitter feed, going to let him know what I think...

posted by Daveyraveygravey [25 posts]
9th May 2014 - 13:07

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notfastenough wrote:
Hmm, I wonder whether they've pulled it because the author has been made, via the comments, to look like a selfish prat whose right foot is writing cheques that his skills can't cash, or because they just don't want the negative PR from all the fuss.

This is on their twitter account:

(https://twitter.com/Motor_Sport/status/464365608248033280)

The comments which I read on the website prior to the article's removal were certainly less aggressive and abusive than I've seen here - must be sensitive souls or the last few postings (unseen by me) went full retard.

posted by Dr_Lex [129 posts]
9th May 2014 - 13:20

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Dr_Lex wrote:
notfastenough wrote:
Hmm, I wonder whether they've pulled it because the author has been made, via the comments, to look like a selfish prat whose right foot is writing cheques that his skills can't cash, or because they just don't want the negative PR from all the fuss.

This is on their twitter account:

(https://twitter.com/Motor_Sport/status/464365608248033280)

The comments which I read on the website prior to the article's removal were certainly less aggressive and abusive than I've seen here - must be sensitive souls or the last few postings (unseen by me) went full retard.

Hmm I read some of the last comments on that. Relogged in to the page about 20 mins later and the article was gone. I dont remember anyone declaring themselves as a rider and being threatening - most were saying how let down they felt by the publication and the author...

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posted by downfader [193 posts]
10th May 2014 - 16:35

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The comments following the explanation for the article being pulled are interesting. Most are good and point out that racing drivers are often keen cyclists and also that road positioning for cyclists is a matter of safety. But there are some ignorant trolls there as well. The original article was already gone by the time I tried the link so I can't comment on it.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2132 posts]
10th May 2014 - 16:44

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Did anyone copy it?

MY Bicycle: When I ride my bike I am free happy and strong, liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life.
Solid dependable silent, my bike is my horse-my fighter jet-my island, & yes, my friend.
Together we shall conquer that mountain.

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posted by Cyclist [136 posts]
10th May 2014 - 17:08

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10th May 2014 - 18:39

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You can view a cache of the page by typing/copy&pasting the below in front of the above link when you enter it in your browser's navigation bar

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:

posted by dannycarr2k [13 posts]
10th May 2014 - 18:42

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I suspect the removal of the article has less to do with "aggression and abuse"in the comments section and more to do with the fact that it made them look like idiots. Even long-time Motor Sport readers thought it was utter drivel.

posted by tomisitt [32 posts]
10th May 2014 - 20:55

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